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The showdown is unfolding on several fronts. Bills put forth in both chambers of Congress this week would partially resolve disputes over law enforcement access to private data held across borders. The bipartisan bills would obligate service providers in "possession, custody, or control" of data to turn it over to prosecutors under certain conditions regardless of where the material is stored.

Still, some mystery surrounds the legal dispute that will be aired Feb. 27 in Supreme Court chambers. For one, prosecutors have never identified the person who was targeted in a warrant issued by a New York district court judge on Dec. 4, 2013.

"We don't know what the nationality is of the subject. We know that the case is about drugs. But we don't know a lot more than that," said Gregory T. Nojeim, senior counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology, a public policy group in Washington.

Prosecutors demanded from Microsoft all emails and information associated with the subject's account, and the Redmond, Wash., tech giant responded that it could not be forced to turn over information stored overseas, in this case at a data center in Dublin, Ireland.

At its heart, the case goes to a conundrum of the modern age: Where does data in "the cloud" actually reside and what sovereign entity should have control?

--McClatchy Washington Bureau


Cardin and Schneider introduce bills to block Trump's military parade

WASHINGTON – Two Democrats in each chamber of Congress are pushing legislation to prevent President Donald Trump's proposed military parade.

Rep. Brad Schneider of Illinois and Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland both introduced measures on Thursday that would make it difficult for the president's show to go on.

The action comes after the Washington Post reported the president wanted a military parade similar to one he saw in France on Bastille Day.


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